Corporate Prayer and Fast: Week 2

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Delight In God to Display and Declare His Glory
Six Weeks of Prayer and Fasting

Monday, January 27 – Sunday, February 02

Download the entire six week prayer and fasting plan here.

This Week We Pray For:

Victory In The Spiritual Battle Through Christ’s Victory

This Week’s Scripture(s):

Jesus said: I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18, ESV)

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. (1 John 3:8, ESV)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put onthe whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit,with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.
(Ephesians 6:10-20, ESV)

Meditate and Think On

Jesus work on the cross has secured his promise to build his church. Though Satan will try to discourage and distract us from our vision to advance the gospel, we need not fear his evil schemes because we build Jesus’ church on the surety of his victory over Satan.

Pray For:

  • Pray for personal and corporate courage and strength to see the vision fulfilled through the triumph of Christ.
  • Pray for spiritual discernment to recognize spiritual adversity.
  • Pray that we would be quick in adversity to use both the offensive and defensive weapons of warfare such as the Word and Prayer (Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Peter 5:8-11).

Join Together With the Body:

  • In fasting after dinner tonight until dinner tomorrow.
  • For prayer on Tuesday morning at the church office from 7:00-8:00am.



Last But Not Least: Audio Now Available

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Last But Not Least

―One who knows the “why” for his existence . . . will be able to bear almost any how.” Viktor Frankl

What we believe about Jesus return matters. Upon those beliefs hinge where we place our hope and how we respond when faced with suffering and evil in this world.

At our 2014 Theology Seminar, Jeff Purswell, the Director of Theology and Training for Sovereign Grace Ministries, taught on the importance of eschatology. If you were unable to make it to this seminar, invest some time in the coming weeks in studying the importance of eschatology.

Audio Here.

Outline Here.

Recommended Books

The Meaning of the Millennium: Four Views, Multiple Contributors

Heaven, Randy Alcorn

Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary, Steve Gregg

The Bible and the Future, Anthony Hokema

Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative, Sam Storms

Third Saturday Event: Feed My Starving Children

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Feed My Starving Children

If anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 John 3:17-18 ESV)

Third Saturdays are days of service set apart once a quarter for declaring the gospel through service, mercy, and/or evangelism. Our goal as a church family is to to reach out to our community with the love of Jesus through both word and deed.

On Saturday, February 15, from 4:30 – 6:30p.m. Sovereign Grace Church will be packing meals at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Eagan. This time together is a great way for us to set our minds on the nations as a church. Everyone is invited to attend: singles, youth, families (the minimum age to volunteer at FMSC is 5 years old) – we’re looking forward to serving together as a church.

We need to know if you’ll be there as there as spots are limited. Please sign up here.

To help cover the costs of the meals we pack, this year we’re asking each household to consider how you can donate to FMSC on the afternoon of our event. Each meal costs only $0.22 and our group will pack about $990 worth of meals.

Please pray about donating personally to FMSC on the day of the event or online here.

Corporate Prayer and Fast: Week 1

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Delight In God to Display and Declare His Glory
Six Weeks of Prayer and Fasting

Monday, January 20 – Sunday, January 26

This Week We Pray For:

Unity in Our Church and Relationships Through the Work of the Holy Spirit.

This Week’s Scripture:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call—one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,who is over all and through all and in all. (Ephesians 3:14-4:6, ESV)

Meditate and Think On:

How unity requires a supernatural empowerment though the Holy Spirit as we are given eyes to see the wonder of God’s love in the gospel.

Pray For:

  • More of the Holy Spirit to see the wonder of God’s love in the gospel.
  • God to grant unity, strength, and wisdom to the Elder Team.
  • Trust, respect, and humility to characterize our relationships within the body.
  • Gentleness, patience, long-suffering, and forbearance with one another in small group life.

Join Together With the Body:

  • In fasting after dinner tonight until dinner tomorrow.
  • For prayer on Tuesday morning at the church office at 7:00am.

Download the entire six week prayer and fasting plan here.


New Sermon Series Starts This Sunday

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This Sunday we begin a new sermon series from the book of Philippians

The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians is theological, relational, and missional. And all that glorious content is shot through with joy. It is one of the most joyous books in the Bible. Which is remarkable when you consider that Paul wrote it sitting in a Roman dungeon unsure whether he would live or die. But Paul had learned not only to be content no matter his circumstances, but to rejoice no matter what. He could rejoice at all times because all his rejoicing was “in the Lord always.” Join us as we study this letter and grow in our knowledge of and love for and joy in our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Join us this Sunday at 10:00am at Oak Grove Middle School.

Meet Our Regional Leaders

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Today the Plant & Build blog of our family of churches began a series on our Regional Leaders. Take a moment and read about our regional care structures and the men (including Pastor Rick) who have been voted in to lead these regions.

Upcoming posts will highlight each Regional Leader, so you might want to sign up here to receive future posts directly from the Plant and Build blog.

The pastors of Sovereign Grace ratified a new polity and Book of Church Order in April 2013. The new polity called for our family of churches to be organized into geographic regions. Each region forms a Regional Assembly of Elders, which simply means that every ordained elder in those regional churches is a part of the Regional Assembly. The Regional Assembly of Elders in each region then chose and affirmed, by majority vote, a man who serves as the Regional Leader. The Regional Leaders were chosen and affirmed by the Fall of last year. – Read more here.


Man to Man Workshop: Saturday, January 18

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Do you consider yourself handy? Want to learn how to hang a picture or patch a hole in the sheetrock? Mike Hoisington, a man of many talents and experience in the trades, leads a morning of practical training for those of us who want to learn valuable skills to use around the house.

This month dads are specifically encouraged to bring their sons and share a morning of food, fun, and hands-on skill building. Derby cars, birdhouses, and other projects will be available. Ages 5 and above are welcome.

Saturday, January 18 | 8:30am – 10:30am
Church Office

Help us plan accordingly for supplies. Please RSVP below.